Abusing Power in Leadership…

...not what you think.

Recently, I attended a global conference on accountability. Logically, one of the first discussions was about the abuse of power by leaders. We had a good discussion on the subject as you might expect and then something special happened. One small group member asked about the abuse of the power of the Holy Spirit in […]

More than Vision…

...It takes commitment.

I love visionary people. The imagination soars with possibilities yet unseen. A new world. A new solution. A new way to go. Exciting realities. Promising results. Hope realized…and more… Yes. I admit. I am there. It all becomes a dream without commitment. Then it turns into …I wished we had… We should have… Imagine if […]

Leadership Transition…

...what to expect...

Leadership transition happens in many places every day. Are there matters that concern us we should look out for? I think so. Consider these: Change is coming. Needed or not, new leadership brings change simply because the driving force of leadership is different. This is not inherently bad and may be a relief in the […]

Crisis Leadership…

...mission critical.

Still thinking of crisis leadership today, I want to draw attention to the need for mission imperatives in the process. Often crisis management involves process and process refinement, if not realignment. These are appropriate directions in working through a crisis, but never paramount. Most important is to retain a focus on the essential objectives of […]

Crisis Leadersip…

...not just management.

While tempted to write a few words about crisis management, I prefer to think and comment on crisis leadership. Crisis management is keeping peace in turbulent times. Crisis leadership is smoothing the waters and taking advantage of the crisis for added benefit. Here’s a simple example of how that looks: A product is determined to […]

Mission…

...utmost importance.

More important than structure, organization or accountability is mission. Of course all are important to the mission, but secondary to it. The mission represents purpose, intention, plans and dreams. It is in missional terms that we measure the effectiveness of a company, organization, or movement. In the USA Western Territory of The Salvation Army, we […]

Bureaucracy

...and still get it all done.

I work in an amazing movement known as The Salvation Army, which is, by necessity a large bureaucracy. Like many other organizations large and small, we endure and enjoy the many distinctives and requirements for careful administration of mission in service to God and people. Many of these procedures seem unnecessary and time wasting, but we […]

Good Minister

...makes for a good fellowship.

I spoke with a Salvation Army Corps Officer (minister) over the weekend after attending their worship meeting and enjoying a good sermon. He used some interesting ways to present his message for which I commended him. Humbly, he responded with an indication that he is working on improving his sermons. He is studying different methods […]

Perspective…

...not reaction

In these days, we are being challenged on many fronts about our positions on matters political, racial, and personal. I am amazed at how quickly we can judge and categorize people by mere mention of a perspective. In this incident with Jesus we witness a disciple’s reaction to a dire circumstance with no reference to […]

Why The Salvation Army?

...It started from the Bible.

This is a great set of questions by Jesus that forms the basis of The Salvation Army ministry. Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV) 31  “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32  All the nations will be gathered before him, and […]